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Gordon Out With Back Spasms (Updated)

Gordon's back spasms flared up during pregame warm-ups, and the center ended up missing the entire game. There was no immediate word on his condition, but it's unlikely that he'll be ready to play tomorrow night in Montreal. Gordon been bothered on and off by his back all season.

Also, Sergei Fedorov's equipment was hanging in his stall after the game. That means the veteran center, who returned from a long layoff tonight because of a sprained ankle, won't be making the trip. That doesn't mean he aggravated the injury, it probably means the team is being cautious.

And finally, while there has been no official word, I'm expecting Brent Johnson to get the start at Bell Centre instead of Jose Theodore.

Update:One more thing: tomorrow's game is for all the marbles (and the second coaching spot behind the bench on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. Caps win, it's Boudreau. Habs win, it's Carbonneau.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 9, 2009; 10:08 PM ET
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Good to hear the team is being cautious with Feds. Hope Gordo rests up! He was *obviously* the missing key tonight. :-P

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I managed to calm myself down. You know how...because I am also a Wiz fan, and if I payed as much attention to them as I do the Caps I would already be dead....on to the next game.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 9, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse


Hmm...maybe tonight around midnight when no one is around to rebut.

It was a nice ride of 7 games.

I'm waiting for the JT bashers to come out. Not sure how he could have done anything better. Deflection, rebound, and screened. They'll say he should have anticipated the deflection, should have put the rebound in the corner, and had his xray glasses on so he could see through the guys in front of him.

Caps played mostly well. Refs bite. 2 bad calls on AO, one on Green. But we did have a few breakdowns.

And no one wanted to be in front of Mason. A kid that hot, you have to have a Philly mentality in front. Crash and bang. Get him off his game.

CB played a good conservative game.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Greg, You really think it will take him that long? hmmmm.... JT wasn't the best we've seen him, but we've definitely seen him have worse games. *shrugs* We need to get Brooks a shock collar that BB can activate when he goes on the PP. He gets too far away from the crease and *zzzzzp* He'll learn in no time.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else sick of Jurcina? Every game I ever see with that clown he is making a key mistake or turnover. I know our D is weak, but that guy is a joke!

Posted by: washcapsfan | January 9, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Okay, one more laugh before I go to bed so I can pretend to care about swimming tomorrow. Its an oldie, but a goodie.

They're all so excited!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 9, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Brooks Laich and a shock collar. Oh the possibilities. Can we get one of those for a few other players too?

Someone already said the C-word once. Remember people if you say it three times he appears.

Posted by: Kim-3 | January 9, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Kim, Who did you have in mind? C-word? But there are so many... A lot of them somewhat fitting in context. I assume the C-word actually starts with an S?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 9, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Thought a let down was coming after Philly and...

Posted by: ralCapsFan | January 9, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I must be missing something... a Habs win tomorrow gives them 56 points to our 57, so how would Bruce still not go to the ASG?

Posted by: nuftjedi | January 9, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't we unleash the fury?

Posted by: AMHV2772 | January 9, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain to me how Carbonneau would get the spot over BB if the Habs win? Even if they do, we still have 57 points, and they would have 56. How does that make Carbonneau the assistant coach and not Boudreau?

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | January 9, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm assuming the "c" word rhymes with beef?

Posted by: Steve_R | January 9, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Steve R gets the prize.

Maybe one for Collins for every time he takes the puck behind the net and then turns it over. Or for Semin every time he circles ala Nylander. Or for Clark and Laich for every time they both wind up in the same spot on the ice. (Seriously, those two guys should not be on the same line).

Posted by: Kim-3 | January 9, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

ooooh, *that* C-word. Darn, sorry, that was me.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 9, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

On a serious note, #14 looked a few lightbulbs short of a Flash. Think he was still a little tired.

Posted by: Kim-3 | January 9, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I believe Montreal has played less games. Would that be why carboneau gets it? Does the NHL assume that you are technically ahead? It does not sound right to me, but it would not surprise me with this league.

I wish the caps were able to get the W tonight. Now they have a really tough one and it is sickening to think that carboneau might be behind the bench coaching at least 2 undeserving starters in kovalev and komisarek

Posted by: O-V-P | January 9, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

It's based upon winning pecentage, not points.

Posted by: CPTSapper | January 9, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

what a frustrating game. Too many shots that Mason had nobody in front of him.

For those watching at home, how many posts did we hit?

Ah well. Momma said there'd be days like this.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 9, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

here is an article on espn that explains it.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 9, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse


Can you please tell us what the heck happened with Brash and Boll at the end of the game? They didn't show any good replays on Comcast tonight.

Posted by: CPTSapper | January 9, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

the article was from 2007 - but it still applies

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 9, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Put this one behind them and get ready for the Canadiens....Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: JCB9 | January 9, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

ASG assit. coach
if caps lose they avg 1.357 points per game played
if montreal wins their avg is 1.365

caps win: 1.404
mon loss: 1.317

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 9, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

caps OT/SO loss: 1.380 ppg
mon win in OT/SO: 1.341 ppg

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 10, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Brash got a holding penalty and then roughed up Boll pretty good (punched him a few times in the head). Brash ended up with the four minutes cause of the roughing call. Boll didn't even drop his gloves; he wanted no part of Brashear.

Posted by: reesem37 | January 10, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for the explanation.

Posted by: dcsportsfan13 | January 10, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

i don't want them to have their coach too - it's already bad enough they have 4 starters. the east is going to lose because the habs s*ck

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 10, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 10, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

go watch the highlights of the game on - it wasnt jurcina who looked bad on every goal, its his defensive partner Alzner who gets caught up ice on the 1st goal, gets drilled behind the net and gives up the puck for almost another goal, leaves his guy unattended in front for yet another goal etc etc etc

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 10, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

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